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Most weddings happen in summer, and even at the best of times, the British weather can have its impact. So, with the chances of rain even high in summer, why would anyone risk a wedding, up a mountain in the Lake District in mid-November? Well, that’s exactly what Jess & Pete decided to do. Thankfully they were lucky and got two days of wall to wall sunshine. It really shows, just how lucky we are to live in Cumbria! 

The Location!

 They chose the Coppermines Cottages above Coniston, an old restored Victoria sawmill that now houses 4 cottages which combine into one to make a pretty spectacular wedding location.

With exposed beams, stone walls, log fires and oak and leather furniture throughout it provides a great option for a rustic ‘do it yourself’ weddings. Add a beautiful Tipi as a event space to the side and it can cater for as many guests as you like.

The Food!

Being on a budget, Jess & Pete were looking for a caterer who could help them provide a great wedding breakfast without breaking the bank. Here at Bespoke Catering Cumbria, we were happy to help. The bride & groom provided the Champaign and wine for the table and, in the evening, it was ‘bring-your-own’ for the guests (cutting down on bar costs). This left us to concentrate on the food!


A spicy red pepper & lime soup with a splash of crème fraîche warm everyone up on a November evening.


The Main

Carve at the table locally sourced slow cooked lamb joint with roasties, seasonal vegtables and a reduction lamb gravy & home-made mint sauce. 

What’s more fun than carve at the table in chef’s hats and superhero aprons! Jess & Pete wanted the whole day to be relaxed as possible & this option was a great choice to get the laughter going at the tables. 



Traditional home-made sticky toffee pudding with local vanilla ice-cream.

The wedding went without a hitch, we barely had any food left over! Thanks to Matt Radcliffe who was the wedding photographer. It was the first time we had met but Matt put so much effort into the day & his pictures are amazing.

Once the toasts & meal was over it was time for us to disappear and let the dance floor festivities get underway, although looking at the photos we wish we’d stayed!

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